Call for Papers: What We Fight For: Examining Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Deadline Extended

Heather M Porter Announcement
Subject Fields
Communication, Film and Film History, Philosophy, Political Science, Popular Culture Studies

Co-editors Heather M. Porter and Sherry Ginn invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013-2020).  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ran for seven seasons and the later seasons’ two-part structure allowed for a variety of stories to be told, including the dangers of unchecked technology, time travel, space travel, multiple timelines, superhero origin stories, and much more. Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a familiarity with prior and current conversations and publications about the series, including the special issue on the series in Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies (Winter/Spring 2019, vol. 17). The anticipated collection seeks to showcase a range of theoretical lenses; we are hence interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches.  Though not prescriptive, it may be productive to consider the following list of topics:

The Role of Heroes and Superpowers                        Relationship to the MCU       

Family / Chosen Families                                            Characters / Character Development

A.I., Technology, and Science                                     Heroes and Villains

Time Travel, Multiverse                                              Justice vs Vengeance

Race and Racism                                                         Vigilantes and Vigilantism

Politics and Government                                            Power and Responsibility

Philosophy and Ethics

Teams, Groups, and Group Dynamics

Paratexts or Production Elements


Queries and Submissions:

Please send queries and abstracts for proposed chapter-length original work (350-500 words) to (subject line: Agents of SHIELD Collection). Proposals should be submitted no later than January 31, 2022. Selected contributors will be notified by March 1, 2022. We suggest but do not require that proposals include a working bibliography. Please provide in a separate document or in the body of the email a brief author biography and selected list of prior publications/conference presentations. We are currently discussing the book proposal with a publisher who is very interested in the collection, hence are working on a production timeline which would tentatively allow the book a 2023 publication date. Essays in this collection will be peer reviewed.

Contact Email